Mocha Chocolate Apricot Cookies

3.19.2013


Mocha Chocolate Apricot Cookies

These are one of the best tasting cookies I have come across. 
Which is not something I´m able to say frequently, since cookie baking is not my thing at all, as I told you when I made the peanut butter cookies
When I post a cookie recipe, or talk wonders about a recipe, it´s a rare occasion, like the chocolate whoppers or spicy ginger cookies. The latter were my brother´s favorites, and since today is his birthday, I dedicate these cookies to him.

Man, was I pleasantly surprised with this one. So far, the finnish pulla and these cookies make the whole book worth it. And the tourte milanese (p.423) that we haven´t yet made with the group, but I did, many times, and it´s amazing. 

As you can guess, today´s recipe for the Tuesdays with Dorie group is mocha chocolate apricot cookies. The apricots are optional, but I decided they are one of the best parts of this recipe.

Mocha Chocolate Apricot Cookies


I took a shortcut with the mixing method, and went the regular chocolate-chip-cookie-way of mixing everything together in one bowl with a spatula. Really, I didn´t even use the handheld electric mixer because it broke a week ago. 
And I wasn´t about to use the kitchen aid for a batch of cookies. Because it´s a pain to wash and sometimes I just don´t want to.

The mixing method described in the book, that calls for beating the batter for 5 minutes total, just didn´t seem like a good idea to me. I don´t want fluffy cookies, or ones that rise too much.
Besides, it called for chilling the dough several hours before baking them. It turns out that wasn´t going to happen either. I made half the recipe and immediately baked half of it. 
The other half I made a cilinder, wrapped it in plastic and froze it, to bake some other time.

Mocha Chocolate Apricot Cookies

So I went ahead and made a batch of cookies in no time. I softened the butter in the microwave, added the sugars, eggs, vanilla, and then the flour with coffee powder (I used 1 1/2 tbs of instant coffee).
Finally it was time for the extras, the best part of a cookie. I choose white chocolate, dark chocolate, apricots and hazelnuts. Together with the coffee flavor, it´s a surprisingly good combination.

Or not so surprising, since coffee and white chocolate are a good combination, as seen in these coffee white chocolate blondies. They, in turn, go great with dark chocolate, which happens to be perfect with apricots and hazelnuts. So by transitivity they all go well together. That´s what I told myself. And it turned out I was right.

Mocha Chocolate Apricot Cookies

I´m a lover of apricots with chocolate, but I know not everyone is.

But it turns out that all of my testers agree with how good these cookies are, apricots and all. 
Half of them went to my neighbour, toghether with the remaining pieces of the creamy chocolate stout squares, and she called the next day raving about them. She wants me to start selling them. I told her I can give her the recipe.

The other half I took on Saturday to my father´s house, where we were having a barbecue with his girlfriend, her daughter, a friend of the girlfriend and friends of the daughter. Lots of people. They dissapeared before I could lay them on the table. I think someone even stole some for breakfast the next day. A total hit with everyone. Apricots and all.

Mocha Chocolate Apricot Cookies

Even with me, not a die hard cookie lover, they are an absolute hit. 
From now on, my mocha chocolate chip cookie of choice. 

Our host today is Peggy of Galettista, so hop over to her blog and get hold of this wonderful recipe. You won´t be dissapointed. 



35 comments:

  1. I'm so glad you enjoyed these, Paula. I'm having NO trouble eating two of these buttery gems after dinner each night.

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  2. Congrats on your delicious "short-cut-recipe", your cookies looks beautifully tasty.
    I thought I may love them and doubled the ingredients (with some changes), split the dough into 4 portions and added different ingredients (such as orange, pecan+walnuts, dried cherries, almonds): a winner in our house

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  3. I love dried apricots dipped in dark chocolate and my favorite cookies will always be chewy ones so I am pinning these to try soon. I tend to fall back on traditional mixing methods too when a recipe complicates things too, Paula, and I have never been disappointed. Your cookies turned out beautifully!

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  4. Your cookies look great - even better without all the extra fuss. I really liked the dimension the apricots lended to the cookie. I would make these again.

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  5. I echo everything Stacy said! Yum!

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  6. Wow, impressive cookies! I love the combo of apricot and choco.

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  7. Paula,
    if you can believe this, I didn't even own a kitchen aid stand mixer until recently, like a year and 1/2 ago. It's crazy to think I lived that long without one. . but up until then I was always mixing my cookie dough by hand. Easier and like you said less clean-up. These cookies look amazing! White chocolate, dark chocolate, apricots and hazelnuts, together with coffee??? OMG, I must try these! I love love dried fruit and nuts in my cookies!

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  8. These are some seriously lovely looking cookies! I've never baked cookies with any dried fruit other than raisins - these need to be tried!

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  9. Adore your "kitchen" honesty! That is why cookies are so popular, easy to prepare and full of comforting sweetness! The first recipe on my blog was an apricot oatmeal cookie. The addition of chocolate is divine!

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  10. Sound fabulous. I love it when you get the bite of apricot!

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  11. Glad you enjoyed these. They were a hit with the people I distributed them to.

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  12. Great to know you can make these without the Kitchen Aid. I'm so used to using it now for everything!

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  13. Fabulous cookies and flavors!

    Cheers,

    Rosa

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  14. I would eat an overdose of these cookies, looks wonderful :)

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

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  15. So glad you loved these! They're a (dangerous) new favorite around our house! :)

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  16. Es una receta fantástica de cookies, Paula. la pondré en práctica cualquier tarde de estas, con seguridad.
    Cariños.

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  17. I feel so much better knowing that you like these too. I was afraid I was going to be the only one that loved these!

    I am NOT a fan of cookie making, but these were worth it. I think these are up there with Momofuku compost cookies for me (those have coffee grounds in them - maybe there is a theme to what cookies I like)

    Beautiful!

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  18. Great looking cookies! They were a hit with my crew too. I went with dried cherries rather than the apricots. But now I`m curious about the apricots....hmmm....guess I`ll have to make them again. `;o)

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  19. Your cookies are beautiful! I skipped the apricots, but I'm now thinking that Heath bar pieces would be good..... hmmm.=)

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  20. Wonderful cookies, Paula - so much praise from a "not so much into cookies" home baker surely proves that this is a wonderful recipe - we adored the apricot pieces in these cookies as well - the kids loved them and there is not a single one left - ground coffee and all.
    Have a good Wednesday!

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  21. I also thought the apricots were the best part, well, the coffee and chocolate were also the best part. Mine turned into "bites" rather than cookies... but I also just kept eating them, before and after dinner!

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  22. Yours look GREAT!!!! I definitely need to try them again I think. I didn't dislike them but they were just not "wow", you know?

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  23. Oh Paula…fabulous cookies!! And, they sound so yummy! These would definitely sabotage my husbands diet! I posted my croissants, finally!

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  24. I always enjoy your challenges to see what the group thought of a recipe. These cookies sound like a real winner...I like your additions. I love chocolate dipped apricots from the days when I owned a candy store so I know what a great flavor combination that is.

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  25. I wasn't sure about this flavor combination but you have convinced me it must be good with your rave reviews. I also love to mix batters by hand and soften butter in the microwave and not chill cookies before baking them. Baking should be as easy and fun as possible.

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  26. paula, i love your honesty - "I didn't feel like doing this, I didn't feel like doing that" - that happens to all of us, so it's refreshing to read someone else admit it! i'm going to print that recipe because everything you do is amazing :-)

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  27. Love the look of these cookies, I like it thin like yours!

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  28. What a beautiful post, Paula. Your cookies look gorgeous and you have sold me on making them with apricots next time. And also the hazelnuts.

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  29. Great blog title. Glad to have found this lovely blog. These cookies are going in my must make file.

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  30. Paula, I love these!! I want to make these right away. Lucky brother! :) Happy Birthday to him!

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  31. These cookies look great, and the apricots are such a surprise!

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  32. Okay, I am going to have to try the apricots at some point, your post has made me think it's possible to like it. Your cookies and your photography look great!

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  33. These look beautiful, Paula! I love love the addition of apricot!!

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  34. oh, those crinkly tops look so appealing. hazelnuts would have been fabulous in these--next time!

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  35. Wow! What an unusual combination! I think I actually have to try one to believe it! Paula, one of my very favorite things about you is a thing I like about myself - we look at recipe instructions as the silly way someone else did it. S many recipes fuss to much - I love that you call them on it! It makes me smile every time... ~ David

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